In 1983 the Capri 22 was introduced as a high-performance family racer/cruiser that could be trailer-sailed or kept dockside. Designed by Gary Mull and Frank Butler, it was intended to be Catalina Yacht's answer to the highly successful J-24.
Although never matching the J-24's sales, almost 800 Capri-22s have been built in the last 13 years, a respectable number. It has proven to be a stable, safe boat, yet one that is fast and fun to sail. For these reasons the Capri 22 has also found favor among rental and charter operators. It is offered in tow versions, a fin keel and, for shoal waters, a wing keel version, although the latter does not perform quite as well as the fin keel.
The MBYC fleet was formed in 1985 with five boats, and now has 12, Frank Burke, an MBYC Capri 22 sailor, was instrumental in starting the Capri 22 National Association in 1988. Two national regattas are held each year, one on each coast. On the West Coast, this year's event will be the Southwest Regional, to take place as part of the MBYC BYOT Regatta on Oct. 12/13. The west coast nationals have been dominated by two San Diego sailors. Charlie Starr of Coronado YC has won four times, and Ken Karnes of MBYC has won three times. In addition, Starr has successfully campaigned his Capri 22 in PHRF events, often winning Division G honors.
by Ed Jones, February 1996